News Roundup: Nov. 27

News Roundup: Nov. 27

Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham at the 2000 VH-1 / Vogue Fashion Awards
Spice Girls Emma Bunton and Victoria Beckham

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Britain’s pop band the Spice Girls may come together once again. Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice, hinted Tuesday to London’s Sun tabloid that there may be reunion tour–without Geri Halliwell, aka Ginger Spice. Said Bunton, “It’s something we would all like to do and I think it would be an amazing show because we would have Spice songs as well as solo ones.” This would be the Spice Girls’ first tour since 1999.


The late great Elvis Presley will be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame Tuesday in Franklin, Tenn. He will become the only artist to be inducted into three halls of fame, including the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Rocker John Mellencamp will be honored with the Century Award at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards. The show, which will include performances from artists such as Alicia Keys, Jennifer Lopez and ‘N Sync, will air live from Las Vegas Dec. 4 on Fox.

Planet of the Apes director Tim Burton will be inducted into the Video Business Video Hall of Fame at a charity dinner Dec. 3 in Beverly Hills, Calif. The honor comes on the heels of the release of the Apes DVD, which made $80 million in the first weekend of release.

In Court

Rumors have lawyers for Manhattan publicist Lizzie Grubman, who was arrested earlier this year for backing her car into a crowd of people at a Hamptons nightclub, unsuccessfully trying to make a deal with the DA’s office. However, Stephen Scaring, Grubman’s lawyer, told, “There are no ongoing plea negotiations.” A trial date has yet to be set.

In General

Pop singer Britney Spears has signed up with the talent agency ICM to be represented in all areas except music. She has also formed her own production company and is finalizing a deal with screenwriter James V. Hart (Contact) to write a feature for her to star in.

British actress Kate Winslet is lending her vocal talents to the new animated feature Christmas Carol–The Movie, playing a feisty character who is rejected by Scrooge. She has also recorded a song for the movie soundtrack to be released as a single.

Universal’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas wowed ’em for a second year in a row–this time at the video store. It’s estimated that Grinch DVD/VHS sales and rentals reached $145 million over the Thanksgiving weekend, with a record-breaking 3 million DVD copies sold.

Looks like the Fox network could be edging out the competition in the November sweeps race with its television premiere of Star Wars: Episode I–The Phantom Menace on Sunday. NBC is right on Fox’s tail and may tie with them if many viewers tune into the celebrity version of Fear Factor Tuesday night.